President Trump mulls executive order to end birthright citizenship

President Trump mulls executive order to end birthright citizenship

President Trump mulls executive order to end birthright citizenship

In an interview to Axios on HBO, the president said his legal counsel had informed him that he could incorporate his plans via an executive order.

The stripping away of rights granted by the U.S. Constitution would be among President Trump's most virulent attacks on immigrants - and the U.S. Constitution - ever.

"It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. Now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order".

Seeking to end so-called birthright citizenship outlined in the 14th Amendment would take direct aim at the Constitution and likely prompt immediately legal challenges and potential opposition in Congress.

One member of Congress, Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham said he would move forward to introduce legislation "along the same lines" as Trump's order. Amended 150 years ago, the text reads: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States". This is part of the anti-immigrant fervor that Trump is whipping up against Democrats in the midterm election.

According to Axios, over 30 countries, most in the Western Hemisphere provide birthright citizenship.

"With an executive order", the President interjected, confirming he had thought about doing it.

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What we need for the immigration issue is law that is actually legislated, not another executive order that would probably survive only until we elect the next Democrat to the White House.

"But the Supreme Court of the United States has never ruled on whether or not the language of the 14th amendment, subject to the jurisdiction thereof, applies specifically to people who are in the country illegally", Pence said.

"When they are captured, we don't let them out", Trump said.

The president has previously described birthright citizenship as a "magnet" for illegal immigration and the 14th Amendment as "questionable" in this context.

Trump's administration announced on Monday it would send about 5,200 troops to the southern border with Mexico by the end of the week to head off a caravan of migrants.

What does the end of birthright citizenship mean?

"I would like to see us get back to rule of law", Scalise said, before referring to the migrants and asylum seekers traveling through Mexico on the way to the USA border.

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